Royals to host 2012 All-Star Game, then what?

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According to Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star, Bud Selig will appear in Kansas City on Wednesday to officially award the 2012 All-Star Game to the Royals and Kauffman Stadium. This will be the first All-Star Game in Kansas City since the stadium’s inaugural season in 1973.

Let’s hope that by 2012, the Royals will be in contention with the help of some old favorites like Zack Greinke, Billy Butler and Joakim Soria and some of the game’s brightest young stars like Mike Montgomery, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers. I’m not holding my breath here, but it would be great for the game.

While the 2012 All-Star Game announcement has been anticipated since last summer, Bob Nightengale of USA Today adds that the Mets will host the All-Star Game in 2013, while the Twins will host in 2014 and the Nationals in 2015. Selig is expected to make these announcements on a year-to-year basis. As discussed thoroughly on this blog due to the immigration issue, next year’s All-Star Game will take place in Phoenix.

Marcus Stroman dealing with blister again

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Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman might be headed to the disabled list soon, manager John Gibbons told reporters following Friday’s rain-shortened loss to the Yankees. The righty lasted just four innings on the mound before calling it a night, and gave up five runs, six hits and two walks in a performance that Gibbons claimed was at least partially affected by recurring blister issues on his right middle finger. Now, it looks like he might be removed from the rotation for some much-needed rest and rehabilitation; if so, it’ll be his second such stint this year.

Stroman, 27, has struggled to return the kind of winning record and sub-4.00 ERA that characterized his previous seasons with the club, mostly due to the combined seven weeks he missed with blisters on his throwing hand and chronic fatigue in his right shoulder. In a recent start against the Rays, things got even more gruesome when his blister appeared to start bleeding in the middle of his outing and MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm notes that the wound has constantly interfered with the right-hander’s pitch selection and delivery. When healthy, Stroman has managed a 4-8 record through 18 starts in 2018 with a career-worst 5.27 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 6.8 SO/9 in 100 2/3 innings. This will be the first year since 2015 in which he has not logged at least 200 innings in a single season.

While Stroman may not need an extended stay on the DL before he returns to the mound, it’s not clear what kind of timetable the Blue Jays expect for his recovery. He’s been the second-most valuable starter (behind the now-traded J.A. Happ) in a rotation that currently ranks 17th in the majors with a combined 4.90 ERA and 6.8 fWAR.